u-blox integrated antenna GNSS Receiver eases embedded designs

u-blox’s new ultra-compact SAM-M8Q GNSS module speeds time to market for system developers of GNSS applications who have limited experience in RF and antenna design. Equipped with an integrated antenna, SAM-M8Q is housed in a tiny 15.5 x 15.5 x 6.3 mm package. It can be easily embedded in small devices that require location information, such as asset tracking, telematics systems and generic automotive after-market applications. On a 50 x 50 mm ground, the SAM-M8Q delivers a solid performance of 48 dBHz. With an embedded 15 x 15 x 4 mm antenna tiny enough for small customer devices, it still provides state-of-the-art performance when used in customer applications.

The combination of an integrated wide-band antenna along with the module’s SAW filter and low-noise amplifier (LNA) architecture ensures that the SAM-M8Q receiver delivers robust performance in the presence of high frequency signals from other electronic equipment, such as cellular modems, which can cause interference. By using the latest u-blox M8 multi-GNSS receiver technology, the module is able to offer simultaneous reception of up to 3 GNSS (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS)

The SAM-M8Q is intended for customers who don’t have much experience in RF and antenna design,” said Kim Kaisti, Director of Product Management, Product Center Positioning. He added, “It is aimed at applications that require an embedded antenna and where the surface mount package allows for easier assembly and installation in the end-equipment.”

The module targets industrial and consumer applications that require small, cost efficient, and ready-to-use GNSS solutions. SAM-M8Q is based on the u-blox M8 FW3 engine with cutting-edge performance and additional features not available on any other antenna modules in the market. It also provides message integrity protection, geofencing, spoofing detection, and odometer functionalities.

It uses AEC-Q100 qualified GNSS chips and is fully tested at the system level. Qualification is done according to a subset of ISO16750.

Samples of the SAM-M8Q will be available in mid-January 2017. The modules will be in full production in mid-February 2017. For more performance information, check the u-blox website.

Company website: www.u-blox.com

Product page: https://goo.gl/gP06VG

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